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Silver Minings: Where does AFC West fit in NFL division power rankings?

Super Bowl champion Chiefs help the cause

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Having the defending Super Bowl champions in the division carries a lot of weight for the AFC West heading into the 2020 NFL season, especially considering quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best player in the league and most of the starters on both sides of the ball are back.

With the Chiefs alone, the AFC West should be considered a strong division. Still, in a ranking of all eight NFL divisions, by CBS Sports, it appears not much else is expected from the rest of the division, which, of course, includes the Raiders, Broncos and Chargers.

CBS Sports ranked the AFC West as the No. 4 best division in the NFL, behind the NFC West (No. 1), the NFC South (No. 2) and the AFC North (No. 3).

All in all, being in the top half of both the NFL and the AFC is a strong showing for the AFC West. Still, the writer made it clear the Chiefs are the big reason for the No. 4 ranking and that the Chargers have a playoff-like roster. The writer, though, is less high on the Raiders and the Broncos this season.

I believe the division could be quite strong and I believe every time AFC West opponents will play, there will be competitive games. With seven teams going to the playoffs in each conference starting this season, I can see all four AFC West teams making a push. What are your thoughts on the AFC West as a whole?

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